Data sheet Claim, spec question

Data sheet Claim, spec question

Data sheet Claim, spec question
Data sheet Claim, spec question
2023-01-29 04:30:53 - last edited 2023-01-30 00:27:25
Model: TL-PA4010 KIT  
Hardware Version: V1
Firmware Version: 1.5


I have a TP Dash PA4010 powerline adapter with an ethernet capability of 10/100 Ethernet port on both units.  The data sheet claims up to 500 Mbs.  It's not a big deal, but I am curious how it's possible to reach 500 Mbs when the only Ethernet port is 1/10/100???  I would think the 100Mbs is the limit from the Ethernet port.  No wifi on these units.  


thanks for your teaching me.


ps--am I getting MB/s confused with Mb/s and is that relevant here?

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Re:Data sheet Claim, spec question
2023-02-01 00:25:36





MBps = Megabyte per second

Mbps = Megabit per second


8 Bits = 1 Byte


Usually, when talking about data transmission rates, we will refer to Mbps. This is the most common and is much more precise for comparing devices. You may, however, often see data plans from ISPs advertised as being in Bytes. So while a gigabit plan is 1000Mbps, a GigaBYTE plan is really 1000MBps * 8 for ~8000mbps. Which ends up being quite the difference when it comes to actual data transfer



The AV500 Refers to the Technical Specification that it follows, for powerline connections, this is important if you were to add other nodes to your home, as the rate between devices is limited to what the slowest node on the network can achieve. This means that if you were to add a AV1200 class of powerline as the main, any other powerline unit will be limited to the 500mbps that the PA4010 is capable of seeing on the electrical wires, rather than the ethernet speeds. This is also important because Powerline is subject to such degradation that the whole speed would not be seen on the satellite nodes. 


Basically, Powerline Speeds that are for electrical wiring are standardized to allow room for expansion; if the device was only capable of seeing 100mbps then all the powerline nodes attached to the network would also only be able to see 100mbps, even if it supports much more.

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